Maneuver, or mover in a caravan
I fondly recall the times when, as a boy, I watched the scenes of neighborhood help in setting up the trailer at every campground. Whenever there was a problem, after unfastening the tug, a neighbor (or several) appeared almost immediately and in no time the topic was "mastered". Everyone helped by pushing, pulling and positioning as much as they could. Such manifestations of human kindness merged and built ties and belonging to a group focused around this beautiful hobby.
However, several decades have passed and the world has moved on. The maneuvers of the popular "n-kami" were, with all the nostalgia, less troublesome than with the currently popular models, often reaching 1500-2000 kg. In addition, our trailers are much more self-sufficient today, and thus our habits have changed - traveling in the off-season, standing "in the wild" or choosing isolated spots, we often have to deal with the arrangement of our sets ourselves.
A long trailer usually means that it is not only difficult for us to stand where our heart desires, but also often to park on our own property. Here, a device called "mover" from experienced caravanning part of the brothers, well known, but for many novices may seem like an unnecessary gadget, comes to the rescue. However, nothing could be more wrong! Anyone who tastes the convenience of these nice systems will not want to travel without them.
Mover for a trailer - which one to choose?
As with many gadgets, the deciding factor is our budget. But how do economic models differ from the more expensive ones?
The principle of operation of the mover, regardless of the manufacturer and model, is similar. The differences relate to the axle pressure system (on the pilot or manually with a wrench), as well as the power of the mover or the purpose depending on the number of axles in the trailer (there are dedicated solutions for 2-axle trailers.
Mover is not a cheap solution, but it gives us incredible convenience. By browsing the offer of various models of CarGO! from Poznań, in the 2-engine mover category, you can find an economical model with manual pressure: https://bit.ly/36hO7OG
Interestingly, this model is also available in a limited edition version with an automatic clamp: https://bit.ly/3hDv9qR
Taking into account the power generated by both of the above models, they will be perfect even in two-axle trailers.
For the most demanding owners of large 2-axle trailers weighing up to 3100 kg, Truma has created an uncompromising 4-engine model: https://bit.ly/3xmH6b0
Mover in a trailer - what to remember?
Remember that in addition to the mover itself, we must provide for the installation of a battery with a charger, as well as to ensure an easily accessible location of the emergency socket for the mover key. Ready kits can be found, for example, for Truma manufactures: https://bit.ly/3ytU47g
Remember that the control system of such a heavy vehicle can cause a mess or even a misfortune in the event of a failure or interruption of the connection between the remote control and the maneuvering device. For this reason, there should be an easily accessible emergency stop switch with a key to disconnect the system from the outside.
What do we gain by choosing to install a maneuver?
- Easy to maneuver in almost all conditions, even on slopes of up to 15%.
- Parking and relocation on the campground / property without the use of a tugboat.
- Safe and precise attachment and detachment of the trailer without the risk of damaging the tug and / or the risk of rolling away / losing control.
When investing in a trailer maneuvering device, it is best to entrust this task to professionals. The CarGO company is not only motorhome specialists. Impressive results in the sale of trailers of the Hobby and Adria brands put them in the forefront of dealers in the country, and the dynamically operating service will help you choose and, in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, will install all kinds of additional equipment, including a mover.
|Author of the article: Maciej Kinal The article was prepared in cooperation with CarGO! Rent a Camp|
I feel best in the form of trade fairs and meetings with enthusiasts. Technical freak. In my life I have dismantled many motorhomes for the first time. Fan of large vehicles, mountain biking and traveling without weight and financial restrictions. At CampRest, I am responsible for all publications on automotive topics.